VIERA, Fla. -- Evelyn Prichard Orr, 95, one of the first licensed and certified school psychologists in Tennessee, passed away peacefully at the Autumn House in Viera, FL, Saturday, February 14, 2009 after courageously battling Parkinson’s Disease for almost 40 years.
Mrs. Orr was born December 15, 1913, to Joe Blythe and Katherine Webster Prichard in Lebanon. She attended Wilson County public schools before graduating from Ocoee High School in Orange County, FL in 1931.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Cumberland University in 1936, where she played basketball for four years and was selected as "Miss Cumberland" her senior year.
She was awarded her Masters of Arts degree in educational psychology from the University of Chattanooga, and pursued post-graduate education at the University of Tennessee on the Chattanooga and Knoxville campuses.
She was preceded in death by her husband James Calvin Orr who died in 1985, her parents, son Jon B. Orr, brother J.W. (Bill) Prichard, and sister Bettye Kate Hall.
She is survived by her daughter Nancy Orr (Bill) Schwarze of Cape Canaveral, FL; granddaughter Kathy Winkler (Ralph) Hoskins of Cadillac, MI; grandson John B. (Kelly) Winkler of Nashville, TN; four great grandchildren; sister Estelle (Jimmy) Jewell of Lebanon, TN; and sister-in-law Vanesse (James) Rowe, of Bolton, CT.
Mrs. Orr began her teaching career at Watertown High School and taught in Roane County before she and her husband moved to Chattanooga in 1946. She was a teacher and administrator in the Hamilton County school system before working at the University of Chattanooga Junior Reading Clinic for two years. Mrs. Orr served as the Supervisor of Guidance and Psychological Services for Hamilton County, a position which she held until retiring in 1976. She taught speed reading and conducted reading workshops throughout the United States.
In 1993, she received Cumberland University’s Phoenix Award for outstanding service to others. Mrs. Orr was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma among other professional and honorary associations and listed in Who’s Who of American Women and Outstanding Educators in America.
As a member of the White Oak Methodist Church, she taught Sunday School for many years as well as directing many church programs. She moved her membership to the First United Methodist Church of Cocoa Beach, FL when she moved to Florida in 1985 after the death of her husband to be close to her daughter and grandchildren.
Mrs. Orr traveled extensively throughout the United States as well as Switzerland, England, China, the Bahamas, Australia, England, and Mexico. Her hobbies included knitting, other crafts, and reading.
She was known for her warm, loving smile and will be missed by all of those who knew her.
A memorial service for Florida friends and family at the Beckman Williamson Funeral Home in Cocoa Beach, FL will be announced later this week.
Funeral services will be held in Tennessee at a later date with a graveside service at Chattanooga Memorial Gardens in Hixon. Her nephew, Joe B. Jewell, will preside over the Tennessee services.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Association, Autumn House, 7999 Spyglass Hill Road, Viera, FL, or the Hospice of Health First in Melbourne, FL.